Temple stays are a unique opportunity for foreign tourists to live in a Buddhist temple and learn about and experience Korean Buddhist culture firsthand. Most temples are located deep in the mountains, so visitors can also fully enjoy the beauty of nature. Through spiritual training such as Zen meditation and Buddhist rites, you will achieve the kind of peace of mind that is so needed in the modern world. Thus, a temple stay is much more than a religion. It is a cultural experience that recharges you, handles your mental stress, and teaches you about traditional culture.
At a temple stay, barugongyang (Buddhist meal with traditional wooden bowls) or a tea ceremony are not about simply having a meal or sipping a cup of tea. They are a part of the general program of discipline and training. Pre-dawn Buddhist rites and Zen meditation may be physically exhausting, but they also bring mental relaxation - a sense of freedom and joy hardly found anywhere else. The basic program at a temple entails Buddhist rites, Zen meditation, tea ceremonies, and barugongyang. Various other activities have recently been added, including a walk around the temple, a mountain trek, lotus lantern making, and rubber stamp making.
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